We hope you are all doing well!
This year 2020 has been difficult for all of us. The pandemic has presented many obstacles and challenges, but as a community we have come together to support one another through these trying times. The Faculty of Education has placed great emphasis on the health and well-being of its members, students, and a community that ripples outward—this is exemplified through the ongoing faculty Wellness Initiative and with the recent Fall 2020 Wellness Challenge. With the latter, students, staff, and faculty tweeted out pictures of themselves engaging in diverse wellness activities, ranging from walking their dog to engaging in exercise, spending time with family to reading a good book. The posts served as a reminder of the importance of taking care of ourselves in order to be able to serve others in our capacity as educators—but they also demonstrate the strength we have as a community.
Although we may be physically isolated, we are never alone.
There is a large professional community to support us. As we enter into the holiday season, we are mindful of the importance of continuing to foster community, build relationships, and promote wintertime wellness. As a result, we will be posting community voices of wellness throughout the holiday season and into the new year. We hope the wellness messages and stories will inspire you to prioritize your well-being during the holidays.
We wish you a happy and healthy season of Wintertime Wellness!
The Faculty of Education Wellness Committee
For story links to mental health and wellness please scroll down.
Related story links to the Faculty of Education Wellness Initiative series:
• The Faculty of Education WELLNESS INITIATIVE: Supporting a Focus on Health and Well-Being
• Wellness is Keeping Active, Both Mentally and Physically: Brae Clowes
• Wellness is The Joy of Cooking: Dr. Jeffrey MacCormack
• Wellness is Feeling Productive: Sally Leung (BA/BEd '17)
• Wellness is About Writing: Teri Hartman (BA/BEd '02, current MEd student)
• Wellness is Spending Time Outdoors: Dana Visser
• Wellness is Stillness: Jane O'Dea (dean emerita)
• Wellness is Coping with Stress Through Art and Music: Jenn Pellerin
• Wellness During the COVID-19 Experience, PSII, and Staying Connected: Kelsey Shoults
• Wellness is Being in the Moment: Kenneth Oppel
• Wellness is About Having a Consistent Routine: Alex Funk (BEd '17)
• Wellness is Spiritual: David Slomp
• Wellness is Ranching: Danny Balderson
• Coping with COVID-19: Harnessing our Natural Stress Response
• Coping with COVID-19: Loneliness
• The Intersectionality of Faith, Mental Health and Wellness for Racialized Populations During the Pandemic